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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Boys’ names always seem to be much more challenging for parents-to-be—especially when there are already sibling names to consider. Reader Emily is having a hard time finding a name for her daughter Cassidy’s new baby brother:
My husband and I are expecting a boy in August. We have a 20 month old daughter named Cassidy. We almost came to blows trying to find the perfect blend of not too common, but not too off-the-wall, for her name. For our son, we are having even more difficulty trying to follow this path we set for ourselves. One of the biggest concerns (for me, at least) is our last name is Head (bleck!), so we have to find something that doesn’t sound ridiculous. We also don’t want it to be so common that he will have to be called by his full name in school (I had about 4 Jennifers as friends in elementary school, and STILL call them by their first and last names, out of habit).
We THOUGHT we agreed on Cameron. It met all of our criteria: two or more syllables; good choice of nicknames; and not too common…or so we thought. We’ve met two couples expecting boys, and each are naming their sons Cameron! We are also afraid Cassidy and Cameron are too “cutesy” together.
Any suggestions/thoughts you might have would be MUCH appreciated!
First, let me just say that Cameron and Cassidy are a nice sibling set, and not too cutesy. Cameron appears to be on a big upswing lately, thanks to Modern Family, but hey, if you love the name—you should go for it!
With the surname Head, you do have to be very careful with your name choices. (No word names for you!) You could go for another surname name, like Cassidy and Cameron. Sullivan, Jameson, Donovan and Callahan are up-and-comers that are still not super popular, or consider Finnegan, which has the cool nickname Finn. I do like the “n” ending with Head, and as a nice offset to the “ee” ending of Cassidy. You could also go with names like Declan, Kieran or Brennan, which all sound wonderful with your last name and Cassidy (I particularly like the way Declan matches up with Cassidy sound wise, without mirroring the name too closely).
You could consider some of the “son” names as well: Emerson, Anderson, or Grayson, for example. (I’d skip the uberpopular Mason, which is likely to be even more popular than Cameron is!) I’m a big fan of Emerson as a brother for Cassidy. And of course, there are all the “er/or” names, which are definitely on the rise—names like Sawyer, Jasper and Archer.
Readers: Share your ideas for Cassidy’s little brother! What should they call him?
If you’re still looking for the perfect name for your son or daughter, check out our Baby Name Finder, or email me at email@example.com. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the latest in baby names!
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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
No, it wasn’t Neal! (That was the name of their baby prince on Once Upon a Time, where they play Snow White and Prince Charming, respectively.) Instead, Ginnifer and Josh chose the perfectly charming Oliver Finlay for their real-life prince.
Oliver has been a popular choice for boys in the U.S. lately—it’s been in the top 100 names for the past 5 years, and is now 52nd in the U.S. (Across the pond in the U.K., it’s the second most popular name!) It means olive tree, a traditional signifier of peace (think of extending the olive branch). It’s a name that feels fresh and friendly—and hasn’t been quite overdone here (at least, not yet!).
Finlay is a Scottish name that means “fair-haired hero.” And given the rise in the popularity of Finn, this might be a good variation to get you to that nickname—it hasn’t yet cracked the top 10. The Finley spelling is more popular in the U.S., and has become virtually unisex these days.
In all, Oliver Finlay Dallas is a pretty fabulous baby name!
Tell me: What do you think of Ginnifer and Josh’s choice? Are either of those names on your short list?
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Image of Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas courtesy of S_Bukley/Shutterstock
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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett welcomed their second child earlier this week! Joining big brother Hank IV is a girl given a combo of an old school boy’s name and an old-school girl’s name: Alijah Mary.
Alijah is a variant on the popular Elijah, which means “Jehovah is God.” This spelling shift is near the top 500 baby names for boys, while Elijah is #11. Alijah is rarely used for girls—in fact, only 24 girls were given that name in the U.S. last year. Its most noted namesake was Elijah was an Old Testament prophet.
Mary, on the other hand, is about as traditional as you can get for a girl. Mary was the name for the mother of Jesus in the Bible, a number of British royals, and numerous other notable women. It was the most popular baby name for decades, but has now fallen off a bit, to the top 125.
What do you think of Alijah? Do you think it’s ready to cross the aisle for girls, or is it a boys’ only name? And is Mary ready for its comeback?
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Image: Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett by Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com
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Thursday, May 8th, 2014
It’s (finally) a boy for singer Zac Brown, who joked about continuing to try for that elusive son. Joining big sisters Joni Mason, Georgia Sloan, Lucy and Justice is little brother Alexander Frost.
Alexander is a perennially popular name (currently in the top 10 for boys) that means “defending men.” It’s an old school name, dating back to the B.C. era with the conquerer Alexander the Great and a bevy of royals and luminaries. It’s also one of my personal favorites (it was on my short list for a son)—I love that you can get a bevy of nicknames from it—Al or Alex, or the currently in vogue Xander.
Frost is a pretty cool middle name (pun unintended). It’s usually a surname (think the poet Robert Frost and that chilly denizen of winter, Jack)—but I like it in the middle spot here.
What do you think of the name? I think it’s actually a little more conservative than his girls’ choices, but it’s a lovely name nonetheless.
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Image: Shelly and Zac Brown by Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com
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Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
I’ve been clocking a lot of couch time this week, thanks to my bum arm, so I indulged in a little bit of “comfort viewing” – and that meant re-watching one of my teenage favorites, Pretty in Pink. While I still think Andy should’ve ended up with Ducky, who doesn’t love this tale of class warfare and romance with a killer soundtrack?
While John Hughes picked some awesome names for his characters (I’m thinking of Iona), I’m loving the name of Andy’s one-percenter boyfriend, Blane. (And I always did have a thing for Andrew McCarthy!) Blane is a Scottish name that means yellow, making it an interesting and unique way to follow the color name trend. Even more popular, though, is the spelling Blaine, which means slender, and is currently in the top 600 baby names in the US. And you can expect it to go even higher, as its the name of one of Glee’s most popular characters, Kurt’s handsome beau, Blaine Anderson. (In fact, the name jumped over 100 spaces on the top list in one year.)
Blaine is a great name to pair with a longer surname, and works beautifully with longer middle names. I like it with Alexander, Maxwell, Harrison, or Donovan.
What do you think of Blane/Blaine? Is it a name you would pick for your son? Or do you agree, in the immortal words of Pretty in Pink’s Ducky Dale, that “His name is Blane? Oh! That’s a major appliance, that’s not a name!”
Photo: Pregnant woman via Ronald Summers/Shutterstock.com
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